This is the third of five blog posts written for round 8 of the Library Day in the Life Project by the graduate trainee at the Radcliffe Science Library.
9am: I’ll soon be joining the team staffing SOLO Live Help, our instant messaging service for helping users having problems with our SOLO (our online catalogue). In preparation I start this morning by reading through the SOLO Live Help information pack I’ve been sent and request access to the wiki which has more information for staff.
9.30am: Meeting with the document supply supervisor. This is one of a series of meetings that it was agreed in my progress meeting a couple of weeks ago I should have to find out about the work done in other sections of the library. I find out how both incoming and outgoing inter-library loans are processed. We end up having a long conversation about copyright and I borrow a couple of, thankfully short, books about copyright from her. I’ve been thinking about copyright quite a lot recently and the more I look into it the more confusing it becomes.
10.25am: My request to access the wiki for SOLO Live Help has been approved, so I take a look at the information on there.
10.35am: Have a quick look through the books on copyright and note down a couple of useful-looking websites.
10.45am: Read through the minutes of a meeting I went to last week.
10.55am: Tea break.
11.20am: For the past couple of weeks I’ve been having problems logging on to computers in an office I sometimes need to use (due to certain software only being installed on those computers). Someone from IT came last Friday and supposedly fixed the problem, so I go to test that I can log on, taking some reading on copyright with me in case it takes a while.
11.30am: Two error messages later and the computer is still trying to log me on.
11.40am: The computer is still trying to log on, so I decide to go and do something else and come back later to see if it gets there in the end. I continue working on a LibGuide I am creating about reference management.
12pm: I return to see whether I’m logged on to the computer yet. I am! But it took rather a long time and I have been logged on with a ‘temporary profile’, whatever that means. I email the person from IT who I have been in contact with about the problem to report my logging on attempts and ask what the temporary profile means.
12.15pm: Back to working on the LibGuide.
1.55pm: Leave to walk over to Osney where I need to be for this afternoon’s training session.
2pm: Most Wednesday afternoons all the graduate trainees in the Oxford libraries have a training session. Today’s session was on archives and manuscripts and I found it particularly relevant to the work I am doing on the Druce Archive at the Sherardian Library (see Monday’s post). The afternoon started with an overview of the work of special collections, and in particular Western manuscripts, at the Bodleian Library, including information on the kind of collections held, methods of acquisition and the stages of processing a collection requires. We were then split in to three groups, and given three short talks on processing and cataloguing an archive, on the Saving Oxford Medicine Project and on digital archives. I found it particularly interesting to hear about digital archives. How to go about archiving a website wasn’t something I’d considered before! Overall, a very interesting and enjoyable training session.